Defenseman James Wisniewski netted a power-play goal for the Blue
Jackets, who remained even in points with Detroit, Toronto and
Washington in pursuit for one of the two wild-card spots in the
Eastern Conference. Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots while filling
in for the injured Sergei Bobrovsky.
Neither team could generate any scoring in the opening two periods,
but Kunitz fired a shot from the high slot that found a way past
McElhinney at 10:35 of the third. Bennett doubled the advantage on
the ensuing shift.
With Kunitz serving a tripping penalty, Wisniewski blasted a slap
shot from the top of the right faceoff circle with 3:06 remaining in
the game. Fleury stopped 14 of 15 shots in the final 20 minutes for
his first victory in six starts.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh finished 0-for-4 on the power play after
going 0-for-7 in a loss to Los Angeles on Thursday. … Bobrovsky was
pulled from Tuesday’s game due to an illness. … Pittsburgh outscored
Columbus 16-7 in the season series.
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